NZ Herald Nov 19, 2010
124-year-old heritage building in downtown Auckland, being converted into an upmarket brothel, was torn down early this morning after large cracks were found in its walls. Demolition of the Palace Hotel – formerly the Aurora Tavern – was ordered after a passer-by noticed metre-long cracks in its walls about 4pm.
…The Palace Hotel was bought this year for $3.3 million by Wellington sex industry leaders John and Michael Chow, who planned to create an upmarket brothel, taking advantage of the building’s proximity to the SkyCity Casino. Last night, Michael Chow said he had not been consulted about the demolition. “They were not listening to my concerns. I approached the council chief executive and he just turned and walked away. I have a second opinion coming up from Wellington tomorrow, but they would not give me the time to do that. We’re especially gutted the building is going, especially with the 120 year-history of the building.”